Posted Jan. 8, 2008 – Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki says he will sit with opposition leader Raila Odinga to discuss the controversial election that triggered a killing spree that left some 600 people dead and 250,000 others homeless. But Odinga, who contends that Kibaki stole the election, said he would agree to talks only if they were mediated by John Kufuor, chairman of the African Union.
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Odinga has called off rallies, which have help stoke anger and violence, opting to give international mediation a shot, the BBC reports.
Within an hour of the Dec. 27 election, which Odinga supporters say their candidate won, the nation’s attorney general swore Kibaki in as president. Unrest immediately began. Among those who have said the election is not “credible” is the Law Society of Kenya, which has demanded that Kibaki step down.
Meanwhile, following the bloody week of rioting, shops and businesses have begun to re-open in the capital, Nairobi and taxis have started to roll again, BBC says.
Protest scheduled for today have been cancelled by Odinga following meetings with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi Frazer. Odinga said, "We are now assured that the mediation process is about to start."